Please enjoy this excerpt from Braving It, one of my absolute favorite books. You gotta read the whole thing…there’s so much in here about living boldly and freely! This post is from the chapter: “Create your joy”
“Creativity takes courage,” said master French painter Henri Matisse. It definitely does take courage to dance and sing and paint when we feel like we can’t. We don’t know how, and even if we do, we’re not “good” at it. One look at the stores on Etsy, at what people are creating, or anyone whose work is on display at a gallery or museum, or dancers online or on stage is enough to stop us. We could never…
But, beautiful someone, we can.
Yeah, we can
We can move our feet to music. We can open our mouths and make sounds to musical notes. We can put pencil to paper and draw lines. We can look through the lens of a camera, find a gritty urban scene, and capture it in a compelling composition. Read More
Please enjoy this excerpt from my new book,
You, Beautiful: Getting gorgeous from the inside out…Coming Soon!
“I am beautiful.”
What would it feel like to say this to yourself — and really mean it?
Most of us would feel silly or even cringe looking in the mirror and saying these words. We’d think first, not true. (Says who?) Second, that’s so vain. (Again, says who?)
Valuing ourselves this way — as inherently beautiful and by implication, worthy of love and respect — is a radical act Read More
It’s true. We really do.
Through our actions, especially what we choose to overlook or confront, we teach people how they are allowed treat us. When we let them talk to us a certain way or when we look the other way as they take advantage of us — when we go along to get along — we are actually teaching people what’s okay with us.
At the same time (and to look at it more positively), this works the other way Read More
Please enjoy this excerpt from Braving It, one of my absolute favorite books. You gotta read the whole thing…there’s so much in here about living boldly and freely! This post is from the chapter: “Let only love in”
So what should make it through our souls’ screening process if our invisible fence is only supposed to let love in? I think that’s simple but not always easy.
Here’s how we recognize love, beautiful someone: Read More
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten.
— Natasha Bedingfield
The theme I have for you this month is “Just getting started” — and beautiful someone, we SO are, in every way.
So what if today is the day the everything changes for you? What if today you realize that you are braver than you know, stronger than you think, and more valuable than you’ve ever let yourself believe?
Because nothing in Braving It is out of reach for us. It may seem that way because our brave has been hiding behind years of conditioning and tons of clutter that we’re having trouble reaching around. But once we clear out the bad memories, unhealthy relationships, preconceived ideas of what and who we should be and are capable of…we can fill that space instead with honest, courageous choices.
As songwriter Natasha Bedingfield sings in Unwritten, Read More